Manager Neil Lennon explained his Celtic team selection live on BBC Radio Scotland pre-match this afternoon.

Eyebrows were raised when the news was announced and big players like Odsonne Edouard, Mohamed Elyounoussi and James Forrest were on the bench.

As we discussed earlier, some fans were unhappy with the lineup.

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However, the Celtic boss is simply utilising the full depth of his squad as players like Edouard navigate a heavy fixture schedule.

Celtic before today's Livingston match

Celtic before today’s Livingston match / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland (live match coverage, 14:31), Lennon said: “It’ll be the same shape. I was really happy with the way we forced the game on Wednesday.

“Odsonne was feeling a little bit fatigued so Albian comes back in, Frimpong comes in to give us that pace. Ntcham comes back in because he’s in a good place.

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“We’re looking for more goals, more power and playing in the opposition half.

 

“Ideally we want to play the two of them together but Albian is still reaching full match fitness and Odsonne is feeling a bit fatigued from his France trip and the last week or so.”

After an early scare in the match from a Livingston penalty, the Bhoys have actually impressed in spells throughout the first half.

Players such as Callum McGregor are finding lots of space and joy in the Livingston half, showing the urgency that the manager was looking for pre-match.

Callum McGregor scores for Celtic

Callum McGregor scores for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The two goals scored quickly after we conceded, by McGregor and Ryan Christie, were of excellent quality and hopefully we can build on our 2-1 advantage after the interval.

Lennon is changing personnel in the team often in these early stages of the season but with games comes fitness and consistency.

For me, it’d be great to see him find a settled eleven going forward.

In other news, Lennon has hit back at speculation Edouard has had his head turned by a Celtic exit.

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